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2013-03-03  --  Orion Nebula (2layers)
 
© 2013 Bryan Harrison

2013-03-03 -- Orion Nebula (2layers)

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This is my first play with Photoshops 'Layer' command. An original single frame capture was copied to a new layer above my stacked and manipulated image. I then used the history eraser tool to remove the area around the trapezium to show the adjusted layer below but kept the original brightness of the trapezium stars from the single frame layer - if that makes sense?!? That way I can show more of the nebulasity but have kept the trapezium stars from burning out.


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Hi

I am not a PS user, but another route is the principle blending exposute (apart that you don´t use 2 different stack exposure, but as you did, a single frame for the core (also you can maybe used a non streched stack and a streched stack for the rest): use mask/blur/curve as explained:

http://www.astropix.com/HTML/J_DIGIT/LAYMASK.HTM

also you have a lot more data in your picture: I downloaded you jpeg and gave it a level stretch in GIMP: a lot more comes out.

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Thanks for that Erguy! That looks like a neat way of getting the result I am after. As the weather isn't that great still (haven't been able to get out and obtain any more data) I may as well play around a bit more with this image. I will give it another stretch and see what I can come up with.

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